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12-year-old wins silver, 13-year-old takes bronze in skateboard park

Young skaterboarders came out on top in the women's park competition, Sakura Yosozumi and Kokona Hiraki winning gold and silver, and Britain's Sky Brown earning bronze.

As China absorbs Hong Kong, why do both have Olympic teams?

Hong Kong is winning like never before. Tokyo is the most successful Games ever for the city of 7.5 million people on the south China coast.

Tokyo Games shaping up as a watershed for LGBTQ Olympians

A wave of rainbow-coloured pride, openness and acceptance is sweeping through these Olympics, with a record number of openly gay competitors in Tokyo. Whereas LGBTQ invisibility used to make Olympic sports seem out of step with the times, Tokyo is shaping up as a watershed for the community and for the Games.

Japan's Momiji Nishiya, 13, leads teen sweep of women's skateboarding podium

Momiji Nishiya of Japan has won the first-ever Olympic skateboard competition for women. The 13-year-old gave the host nation a sweep of golds in the street event a day after after Yuto Horigome won the men's event.

Japan's Yuto Horigome wins 1st skateboarding Olympic gold

Japan's Yuto Horigome has won the first-ever skateboarding competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, taking gold in men's street in the city where he learned to skate.

Tadej Pogacar is 1st-ever Slovenian winner of COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling's showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday, becoming the second-youngest winner of the 117-year-old event.

Former IAAF head Lamine Diack found guilty of corruption in Russian doping scandal

The former track federation president was sentenced to 2 years in prison Wednesday for corruption, including a scheme allowing Russian athletes who paid millions in hush money to keep competing when they should have been suspended for doping.

Late but alive, Tour de France races into COVID-19 pandemic

Delayed but alive again and out on French roads, the strangest Tour de France ever set off Saturday in a bubble of anti-COVID protocols to try to keep the 176 riders virus-free for three weeks of racing through the country's worsening pandemic.

Trial of Diacks exposes dark backdrop of golden era of track

A grim picture has emerged from a corruption trial in Paris that has shown how the thrilling era for track fans was poisoned behind the scenes by a father-son partnership at the top of the IAAF, the international governing body that organizes Olympic races and world championships.

Former IAAF president calls own son a 'thug' in Paris corruption trial

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack pointed a finger of blame at his son, saying he behaved like "a thug," as he was quizzed in detail for the first time in court Thursday on charges that the governing body of track and field became a nest of corruption and doping coverups under his leadership.